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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Employment Among Oregon’s Veteran’s

In 2018, the unemployment rate for veterans in Oregon was 4.8 percent, according to the Current Population Survey. Overall, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in 2018. Across the U.S., veterans had a lower unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. About 296,000 veterans lived in Oregon in 2018. More than half of veterans (162,000) were not […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon Employment Forecast: Solid Fundamentals, More Uncertainty

The U.S. economic expansion turned 10 years old this summer, making it the longest expansion in recorded history. Locally, Oregon continues to add jobs and our unemployment rate remains at or near record lows. In addition, incomes are rising and initial claims for unemployment insurance (a measure of layoffs) are down. All told, the state’s […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Most Oregon Counties Saw Real Wage Growth from 2008 to 2018

Most of Oregon’s counties had an increase in inflation-adjusted average wages from 2008 to 2018. Overall, the average wage for the entire state increased by $6,026 over those 10 years after adjusting for inflation. Most of the statewide increase was driven by the large gains in Washington and Multnomah counties. These two counties in the […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: The Mental Health Industry

In recent years, society has been learning that mental health can be just as important as physical health. Oregon has joined in this trend, evidenced by the strong growth in mental health care workers around the state. Hospitals, clinics, and residential facilities employ thousands of trained mental health workers to help people get better. These […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Halloween Fun Facts

Happy Halloween! We’re treating you with some fun facts related to Halloween festivities. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Halloween Fun Facts

September 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.3 percent in September 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in September included Hood River (3.4%), Washington (3.4%), and Multnomah (3.6%). Three counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate of 3.5 percent. Nine of Oregon’s counties had unemployment […]
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Oregon Appeals Case Could Set New Precedent for Nonbinary Rights

A case currently working its way through the Oregon legal system could set a new precedent for transgender and nonbinary rights in the state. Jones David Hollister is a nonbinary person who lives in Lane County, Oregon. Earlier this year, they attempted to have their legal gender designation changed from female to nonbinary—meaning they would […]
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Openings, Layoffs, and Net Job Gains

When economists talk about growth, we almost always are referring to net growth. There is considerable amounts of churn in the economy every single day. Roughly, 12% of jobs are either being gained or lost at any given point. What we’re concerned about is whether the good news outweighs the bad news, or vice versus. Even though […]
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Oregon’s Trans and Nonbinary Youth Struggle to Access Medical Care, New OHSU Report Finds

Transgender and nonbinary young people in Oregon still face significant obstacles to accessing proper medical care, according to a new report from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). The report, which is based on a survey of 194 trans and nonbinary people from across the state ranging in age from 13 to 21, found that the majority […]
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Big Question #2: Capital and Long-Run Growth | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

One forecasting challenge is we do not know what the 11th or 12th year of an economic expansion looks like. We’ve never been here before. Our baseline forecast calls for ongoing, but slowing growth as we run into supply side constraints. However, that is more theory than data. I’ve been wrestling with two big questions […]
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